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Parshat Teztaveh                                                     February 16, 2019  11 Adar I, 5779
                                              Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Tetzaveh
                    TORAH              There are lives that are   and energy and leadership. He  nurse, radiating gentleness
             ARTSCROLL  464            lessons. The late Henry   became the chairperson of   and concern. His love for
                  HERTZ  339           Knobil’s was one. He was  many Jewish organizations   Renata and hers for him
                                       born in Vienna in 1932.   including the national Israel   bathed the two of them in a
                                       His father had come     (UJIA) appeal, British Friends   kind of radiance that was
                 HAFTORAH                                      of Bar Ilan University, the   moving and humbling. And
                                       there in the 1920s to
            ARTSCROLL  1159            escape the rising tide of   Jewish Marriage Council, the   though he might, like Job,
                 HERTZ   350           antisemitism in Poland,   British-Israel Chamber of   have stormed the gates of
                                                                                           heaven to know why this
                                       but like Jacob fleeing
                                                               Commerce and the Western
                                       from Esau to Laban, he   Marble Arch Synagogue. He   had happened to them, he
                     Times             found that he had fled   loved learning and teaching   did the opposite. He
                                       one danger only to arrive  Torah. He was a fine raconteur  thanked God daily for all the
                                       at another. After the   with an endless supply of   blessings they had enjoyed.
           Candle Lighting      5:11 pm   Anschluss and        jokes, and regularly used his   He never complained, never
                                       Kristallnacht it became   humor to bring “laughter   doubted, never wavered in
           Mincha               5:15 pm   clear that, if the family   therapy” to cancer patients,   his faith.
                                       were to survive, they had  Holocaust survivors and the
           Hashkama             8:00 am   to leave. They arrived in   residents of Jewish Care   Then, a year ago, he was
                                       Britain in 1939, just   homes. Blessed with three   diagnosed with an
           Youth Minyan         8:30 am
                                       weeks before their fate   children and many         inoperable condition. He
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am   would have been sealed   grandchildren, he had retired   had, and knew he had, only
                                       had they stayed. Henry   and was looking forward, with   a short time to live. What
           Main                 9:00 am   grew up in Nottingham,   Renata, to a serene last   he did then was a supreme
                                       in the Midlands. There he  chapter in a long and good life.  act of will. He sought one
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am   studied textiles, and after                      thing: to be given the grace
                                       his army service went to   Then, seven years ago, he   to live as long as Renata
           Gemara Shiur                      4:05 pm   work for one of the great  came back from morning   did, so that she would never
                                       British companies,      service in the synagogue to   find herself alone. Three
           Mincha               5:05 pm   eventually starting his   find that Renata had suffered a  months ago, as I write
                                       own highly successful   devastating stroke. For a while  these words, Renata died.
           Shabbat Ends         6:20 pm
                                       textile business.       her life hung in the balance.   Shortly thereafter, Henry
                                                               She survived, but their whole   joined her. “Beloved and
           R’ Reisman Video     8:00 pm
                                       He was a passionate,    life now had to change. They   pleasant in their lives, and
           Sun. Feb. 17     7:30/8:30  am   believing Jew and loved   gave up their magnificent   in their death undivided.”
                                       everything about        apartment in the center of   Rarely have I seen such
           Mon. & Thurs.     6:35/7:45 am   Judaism. He and his wife  town to a place with easier   love in adversity. Henry
           Tue., Wed. & Fri.   6:45/7:45 am   Renata were a model   wheelchair access. Henry   taught us about the power
                                       couple, active in       became Renata’s constant care of faith to turn pain into
           Mincha               5:20 pm
                                       synagogue life, always   -taker and life support. He was  chessed, loving-kindness.
                   Latest Times for    inviting guests to their   with her day and night,   Faith was at the very heart
                Shema/Shemoneh Esrei   home for Shabbat or the   attentive to her every need.   of what he stood for. He
                                       festivals. I came to know  The transformation was   believed that God had
           February 16      9:28/10:22 am   Henry because he   astonishing. Before, he had   spared him from Hitler for a
                                       believed in giving back to  been a strong-willed    purpose. He had given
           February 23      9:23/10:18 am   the community, not only   businessman and communal   Henry business success for
                                       in money but also in time  leader. Now he became a   a purpose also. I never
                    Next Shabbat
                      Ki Tisa
                                                                        Bima Flowers are sponsored by
           Candle Lighting      5:19 pm     is sponsored by
                                                                         the Rastegar & Neman families
                                        Great neck Synagogue
           Mincha               5:20 pm                                 in memory of Massoud Rastegar
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